Rawnsley Park Station’s self-drive Arkapena track ticks all the boxes required to justify the fee. Central to the experience are the stunning sedimentary geology of the Chace Range and some steep, rugged driving that keep you on your toes. After picking up the key at Rawnsley Park, the track begins along Flinders Ranges Road and heads east towards the Chace Range vehicles’ a comma and: as it parallels the range and crosses a number of creeks before swinging away from the rugged peaks.
The first 22km of the drive are nice and easy, and can even be driven by 2WD vehicles,: as it parallels the range and crosses a number of creeks before swinging away from the rugged peaks. This section lets drivers soak in the sights, while discovering some of the region’s history at a few suggested stops along the way.
Upon reaching Martin’s Well Road the driving becomes more engaging. From the road the route winds through dense stands of native pine, climbing steeply in parts across the ridge of range country. The steep climb to Prelinna Lookout will require low-range 4WD and rewards drivers with stunning views in every direction, including Wilpena Pound, the Heysen, Chace, ABC, Druid and Elder Ranges.
Sign your name in the visitor’s book before making your descent, then amble back toward Rawnsley Park.
Track 3 - Arkapena Track
Medium grade, 4-5 Hours driving time, total ditance of 34km.
Permits required $50 for 4WD's plus a $10 key deposit, payable at Rawnsley Park Station.
Rawnsley Park Station
Ph (08) 8648 0700, UHF channel 13
Chace Range and Prelinna Lookout
Weather ConditionsCooler months, in the afternoon.
CommentsTime 4-5 hours, Distance overall 34km.